Abbotsford has been a rugby hub in the past several weeks and it has been difficult to keep up with all the various events that have been happening. In this article, we recap some of the things that have been going on with respect to Abbotsford Rugby and what some of our rep players are doing mid-way through the summer.


The RPC's are the event that showcases regional rugby talent for U-16 and U-18 Boys and U-17 and U-19 Girls. Abbotsford had many players and coaches involved in this three day tournament at UBC. Here is a summary:

Fraser Valley U-19 Girls - Won Gold

Abbotsford Players and Coaches Involved:

Jen Thiel (Coach)
Stephanie Doan (Manager)
Christina Brewer
Meagan Chambers (Heritage Grad)
Kendra Reeves (Bateman Grad)
Hailey Borrows (Bateman Grad)

Fraser Valley U-18 Boys - Won Gold

Abbotsford Players and Coaches Involved:

Doug Primrose (Coach)
Ryan McWhinney (Coach)
Kurtis Appeldoorn (Mouat Grad)
Matt Bianchini (Yale)
Odell Brown (Yale)
Jake Buskell (Bateman Grad)
Darwin Guevara (Hansen)
Karl Reisinger (Yale Grad)
Corey Sheremeto (Bateman Grad)

Fraser Valley U-18 Boys - Provincial Champions

Fraser Valley U-17 Girls - Won Bronze

Abbotsford Players and Coaches Involved:

Lauren Arthurs (Abby Collegiate)
Madilynne Blakeburn (Bateman)
Dianna Bonilla (Abby Collegiate)
Madison Borrows (Bateman)
Kali Desjardins (Bateman)
Molly Firlotte (Bateman)
Karli Funk (Bateman)
Alyson Grewal (Bateman)
Jessica Mills (Bateman)
Grace Okello (Hansen)
Meaghan Pauls (Abby Collegiate)
Shaylene Paterson (Hansen)
Elyssa Phillipson (Aldergrove)
Tara Skwarok (Aldergrove)

Fraser Valley U-16 Boys - Won Gold

Abbotsford Players and Coaches Involved:

Chris Kleisinger (Coach)
Dan Webster (Coach)
Paul Ahn (Yale)
Geremy Alvarado (Bateman)
Tyson Appeldoorn (Mouat)
Tyler Barons (Yale)
Jordan Best (Bateman)
Mike Brodowski (Yale)
Justin Douglas (Bateman)
Bryce Hewko (Yale)
Darren Levasseur (Heritage)
Ryan March (Bateman)
JD Paul (Mouat)
Jordan Puckrin (Yale)
Brody Quirk (Yale)
Caleb Reardon (Yale)
Christian Styles (Yale)
Luke Thiessen (Mouat)

July 19 - Abbotsford U-16 vs King Edward School (England)

Thank you to Graham Hawkins for organizing this game with the touring side from England. We found out late that they were a U-16 team (we had our U-15 team ready to play them), so it was difficult to assemble players. We lost by a margin of about 40-0, but the Abby boys learned a bit about expansive back play and hosted the school at a post match function at the Rugby Club.

July 21 - Abbotsford All-City Seniors vs Churcher's College (England)

Another touring team came into town on July 21 and thanks to Doug Primrose for organizing this fixture with our local boys. The All-City team is a group comprised of players from all the local schools. Players are nominated by their coaches and then a panel of local club referees and coaches who have seen the boys play make choices about the top line of grade 11 and 12 students.

Not all of the players were available, but 19 of the 25 took to the field on Tuesday to play the travelling side from England. Most of the All-City boys played club for Abbotsford and their rugby experience was evident as they were victorious in the match, winning 41-12. Tries were scored by Aidan Finlay, Bryan Cuthbertson, Patty Shields, Kurtis Appeldoorn, and Alex Thipavong. All tries were converted with 3 from Jordan Tait-Comis and 2 from Jose Codoceo.

Abbotsford All-City and Churcher's College (England)

Abbotsford All-City Senior Team (missing a few). From left back: Kurtis Appeldoorn, Allan Dicks, Jake Welsh, Jared Douglas, Jake Buskell (Captain), Karl Reisinger, Jon Martin, Aidan Finlay, Bryan Cuthbertson, Paul Bodner; Front: Corey Sheremeto, Patty Shields, Sheldon Bates, Jordan Tait-Comis, Odell Brown

July 21 - Abbotsford Men Train with West Indies

The West Indies team arrived into town on Monday for the first ever Abbotsford International Sevens Tournament. On Tuesday, they were looking for training partners and joined up with Abbotsford group of players who were also slated to play in the tournament. It was a great opportunity for our local boys to learn about the game and hone some sevens skills. 

West Indies players with Abbotsford sevens players after their Tuesday training session.

July 22 - West Indies Camp at Heritage Park

On Wednesday, the West Indies were scheduled to run a practice session with Kenya and then training session with local youth players at Heritage Park school in Mission. Unfortunately Kenya was delayed and did not arrive until late Thursday, but the West Indies players trained against each other and ran a session after with local youth players. Thanks to Jivan Dhaliwal and Douglas Okero for setting up this opportunity.

West Indies players with youth players at Heritage Park camp.

July 24 - Canada Camp with local Youth

The Abbotsford International Sevens also saw two Canadian teams come to town, including Canada and Canada Alumni. Coach Doug Tate thought it would be a great opportunity for his players to give back to the community and worked to organize a camp in Abbotsford on Friday afternoon. Over a dozen Canada players and alumni were in attendance, including former Canada captain Morgan Williams, award winning Canada sevens coach Shane Thompson, professional player Justin Mensa-Coker, and Bryn Keys, an Abbotsford product currently on the Canada team.

Canada Coach Doug Tate gives the players instructions with the help of Canada player Phil Mack during the Canada Youth Camp

Canada camp participants with the Canada players and coaches.

July 25 - Abbotsford International Sevens

Abbotsford's first international sevens tournament was a great success featuring a number of extremely talented teams from four different countries and close to 2000 people in attendance. Please see the seven's article for more details.

Abbotsford vs Kenya during the Abbotsford Sevens Tournament


Hamm Makes Canada U-20

Abbotsford's Megan Hamm just returned after representing Canada U-20 at the Nation's Cup in England where the women defeated Wales 12-10 to bring home the bronze. Megan played scrum half and Canada coach Jason Young of Abbotsford noted that she was one of the best players on the Canada team U20 team. Visit the Rugby Canada website for more details on the tournament.

BC Teams Announced - Many Abbotsford Players Involved


The BC U-14 Boys team went undefeated in Ontario at their National Rugby Festival. Local players Keegan Carson (W. A. Fraser), Spencer Miller (W. A. Fraser), Mitch Neil (Heritage), and Eric Roberts (Clayburn) are all on the team. For more updates, visit


This team has just been announced. The U-16 and U-18 Boys as well as BC U-17 and U-19 Girls will travel to the National Festival in Toronto from August 6-12. The roster includes eight Abbotsford Players (bold with asterisks*)

Tyson Appeldoorn* (Mouat)
Takeshi Barnes
Tyler Barons* (Yale)
Jorden Best* (Bateman)

Kieran Bjornson
Conner Bouchard
Michael Bouchard
Jordan Bowcott
Callum Busfield
Daemon Cline
Michael Dalsin
Justin Douglas* (Bateman)
Joseph Furness
Aden Jack
Patrick Kay
Sean Kjaer-Kinsella
Darren Levasseur* (Heritage)
Ryan March* (Bateman)

Liam Murphy-Burke
Kody Penner
Brody Quirk* (Bateman)
Jordan Reid-Harvey
Jesse Richardson
Christian Styles* (Yale)
Connor Willis
BC U-17 Girls

Abbotsford girls who made the team include Madi Blakeburn (Bateman), Elyssa Phillipson (Abby Collegiate), and Tara Skwarok (Aldergrove).


2 Abbotsford players were selected for this team, including Kurtis Appeldoorn and Corey Sheremeto. Jake Buskell is a non-travelling reserve. Here is the line up for BC U-18 Boys


Kurtis Appeldoorn* - Abbotsford
Thomas Bridger - Victoria
John "Casey" Cavers - Ladysmith
Cole Coventry - Surrey
Conner Dickie - Surrey
Clement Duranseaud - Vancouver
Michael Fuailefau - Victoria
Tye Hamblin - Ladysmith
Carlin Hamstra - Duncan
William Hindson - Naramata
John Humphries - Victoria
Jake Ilnicki - Williams Lake
Jordan Kan - Vancouver
Wonjin Kim - Victoria
Scott MacLeod - Duncan
Chad Margolus - Victoria
Hayden McMullin - Surrey
Beau Parker - Victoria
Nicholas Philippson - Duncan
Cameron Pierce - Coldstream
Thomas Pynn - West Vancouver
Corey Sheremeto* - Abbotsford
Keaton Styles - Surrey
Shea Wakefield - Victoria
Ross Yellowlees - Vancouver

Jacob Buskell* - Abbotsford
Zahid Jethani - Vancouver
Eric Lively - North Vancouver
Michael Shenker - Surrey
Richard Spiller - Vernon


Head Coach - Tom Larisch - North Vancouver
Adam Roberts - Assistant Coach - White Rock
Connie McGinley - Manager - Vancouver
Laura Andrews - Therapist - Vancouver


Three local girls made the BC U-19 team, including Christina Brewer, Meagan Chambers, and Kendra Reeves.

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